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Garrett Christensen (21) and Tyrese Windham (far right) will be honored tonight during Senior Night at the ELHS gymnasium. (Photo by Gary Caldwell)
The third time was more than just a charm: perhaps it was the start of something more special.
The East Lansing girls basketball team began district play Monday night by defeating Grand Ledge for the third time this season, 71-33, behind a game-high 25 points from senior Aaliyah Nye.
The Trojans jumped out to a 33-6 lead after the first eight minutes and widened the margin to 56-18 by halftime. The running clock rule was in effect for a majority of the third quarter and all of the fourth as the Trojans eventually increased the margin to 40 points.
East Lansing made 50 percent of its field goal attempts (24 of 48), including 6 of 13 beyond the 3-point stripe. Defensively, the Trojans limited Grand Ledge to 8-of-26 shooting from the field, and outrebounded the Comets, 30-14.
Sophomore guard Soraya Timms (13 points) also reached double figures in scoring for the Trojans, who improved their overall record to 20-1.
East Lansing will face St. Johns (8-12) in the first semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Ledge. The second semifinal (appx. 7 p.m.) matches Waverly (7-13) and DeWitt (15-5); the semifinal winners will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Grand Ledge to decide the district title.
The Trojans are a combined 4-0 this season against Waverly and DeWitt, having defeated each team twice in league play.
Senior Night for Trojan boys: The East Lansing boys (16-2) will play their final home game at 7 p.m. today against the Sexton Big Reds. Tonight’s game will include a Senior Night celebration for Garrett Christensen, Malakai Matthews and Tyrese Windham.
Malakai Matthews (15) is one of three Trojan seniors playing their final home basketball game tonight against Sexton. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Photo by Gary Caldwell)
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